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Spies’ Sizzling Saturday Double

Potala Palace flyer hangs on by a nose

Hollywoodbets-sponsored trainer Corne Spies enjoyed a double at Turffontein on Saturday, with his Potala Palace filly Singforafa aging him a few years when she looked beaten, but got the better of a thrilling duel with Paul Peter’s Che Bella to win the R150 000 Listed Bauhinia Handicap.

Such was the tight nature of the tussle between the top two, commentator Alistair Cohen put his proverbial on the line by calling a dead-heat. Apparently he had heard Singapore caller Luke Marlowe pull off the feat earlier in the week.

Craig Zackey rides a pearler to get Singforafa home (Pic – JC Photos)

While it was close, Craig Zackey got the big cheque on the top-rated filly Singforafa (77-20), who shaded her year older opponent Che Bella (21-4)  by a painful nose in a time of 57,12 secs.

Green Plains (11-2) was well beaten in third.

“I don’t know how Craig kept her going,” said Spies.

“Pity she hung in. It was a great run after a break and in the sticky going. I know owner Xander Spies will enjoy this!” said Zackey.

Bred by Mr NJ Swart, who leases her to Corne’s Grandson, the winner is a daughter of Ridgemont Highlands’ Singspiel stallion Potala Palace out of the three-time winning Whistling Wood mare, First Whistle.

A winner of the Gr3 Strelitzia Stakes as a 2yo, and once described by Zackey as one of the fastest fillies he has ridden, Singforafa took her win tally to 4 from 12 with 3 places and stakes of R462 125.

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7 comments on “Spies’ Sizzling Saturday Double

  1. Mavistos says:

    Well done to the Spies, however it may, Turfontein racing looks set to be suspended for the next four weeks alongside other sporting events as we anticipate such announcement tonight.

    1. Editor says:

      Where is this from Mavistos?
      Cabinet meeting this afternoon.

  2. bob kistnasamy says:

    That was a thrilling race. More enjoyable if you put your money on.
    it was difficult to call the winner.

  3. Mavistos says:

    Its an anticipation or hypothesis as the world goes on cancellingn. or suspending crowded events,horseracig is one. I guess if our country is serious in reducing Covid 19 infection rate, such is viable. Look at Kenya, only one case, they suspend all events. We should too. However lets wait for Ramaphosa to clarify..

  4. Mavistos says:

    I would guess Mr Editor, i was in a cabinet meeting with the hypothesis. We have more than 100 people at once attending any given race meeting. What does that mean?… Suspension of racing.

    Am of view Racing Authorities should do a submission to government to run races with racing officials in all sphereds, owners, trainers and grooms. Let the public use betting site and not attend races. That will be fair to keep the game afloat.

    Lets debate this.. Its my view.

    1. Editor says:

      We wrote to our industry Captains last week to ask where the leadership lies in regard to Covid-19
      Messrs Scott, Moodley and Snaith responded.
      We wait to see more now that the President has spoken.

  5. Mavistos says:

    Lets wait for theor marching orders… Appreciated your response Mr Editor

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